INDEPTH: LONDON BOMBING
London blasts timeline: July 21, 2005
CBC News Online | July 25, 2005
On July 21, 2005, London was hit with a series of bombings nearly identical to those two weeks earlier, with one important difference: none of the four bombs exploded and no one was injured. But the failed bombings left Londoners feeling that the threat was not over.
Thursday, July 21, 2005
The Shepherd's Bush subway station is evacuated after an attempted bombing.
Ambulances are called to the Oval subway station, and 20 to 30 passengers are moved out of the station. They say they saw white smoke inside.
Firefighter dressed in a hazardous material protective suit near where a bus explosion occurred on Hackney Road in London, July 21. (AFP/Getty Images/Adrian Dennis)
The Warren Street station is evacuated and ambulances are called, after reports of an explosion and of passengers seeing smoke.
Transport officials announce that services has been suspended on the four Tube lines running into the evacuated stations.
Police respond to reports of an explosion on a double-decker bus in east London. The driver reports he heard an explosion in the upper deck and saw some windows were blown out. No injuries are reported.
Armed police officers are deployed to University College Hospital, but no further details are given.
Police are deployed to Warren Street station.
Police Chief Ian Blair says there were "four attempts at explosions," and calls the day's incidents "clearly very serious."
10 Downing Street confirms that the British government's domestic emergency committee, called Cobra, would be meeting to discuss the attempted bombings.
Two more subway lines are suspended, although no attempted explosions occurred there.
Chief Ian Blair says the situation is "fully under control" and there's no indication of chemical weapons in any of the attacks. Prime Minister Tony Blair asks people to return to their normal routines.
The incident at University College Hospital ends.
Chief Ian Blair says the intention of the four suspected bombers "must have been to kill."
London Mayor Ken Livingstone says tight security, such as that used at airports, would be impractical for the city's subway system because of space limitations and the number of people travelling by Tube.
Friday, July 22, 2005
Undercover police shoot a man they suspect of being a suicide bomber at Stockwell station in southern London. The station is evacuated and closed.
Police confirm that armed officers shot a man at Stockwell station.
Scotland Yard confirms reports that the man shot at Stockwell station died at the scene.
Police detectives and armed officers search a building on Harrow Road in west London in connection with the July 21 attempted bombings.
The shooting of a man on the London Underground was "directly linked to the ongoing and expanding anti-terrorist operation." He says the man refused to obey police instructions.
(It would later be revealed that the man shot was Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old electrician from Brazil who was not connected to their investigation of the bombings.)
Police issue images taken from closed-circuit television of four suspected would-be bombers, saying they "urgently need to trace" the men.